Master of Public Administration

University of San Francisco - School of Management

Program Description

Master of Public Administration

University of San Francisco - School of Management

Navigate the intersection of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Translate theory into practice and begin implementing policy that supports your community.

Our MPA program prioritizes hands-on experience that prepares you to address the public interest through the collection and analysis of evidence essential for implementing public service strategies.

A flexible class schedule helps working professionals balance their busy lives, while small class sizes promote one-on-one attention and deeper relationship building.

About the Master of Public Administration Program

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the MPA with an emphasis in Health Services Administration programs provide mid-career and aspiring professionals with an opportunity to obtain advanced managerial education applicable to a broad range of organizations in the public sector, nonprofit, and health care industries.

Mission

We prepare our graduates for public leadership by advancing a challenging curriculum while pursuing complementary research and transforming learning into acts of consequence to serve our communities, especially the most vulnerable among us.

Goals

  • Educate students to be compassionate and effective leaders who humanely manage public organizations.
  • Prepare students to initiate and facilitate interactions between government, for-profit, and nonprofit sectors to provide ethical and workable solutions to societal needs.
  • Create a collaborative environment of excellence in instruction, research, and service.
  • Translate research into effective practices and achievable, humane policies.
  • Prepare students to determine, collect, and analyze the evidence appropriate and essential for implementing public service strategies.

Program Learning Outcomes

Goal 1: Educate students to be compassionate and effective leaders who humanely manage public organizations.
  • Identify and describe differences between the vision, values, and goals of actors in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors; discuss practical and ethical implications of these differences for public leadership.
  • Identify and discuss the role of public leaders toward recognizing and instituting the principles of democratic governance in public organizations and community-based initiatives.
Goal 2: Prepare students to initiate and facilitate interactions between government, for-profit, and nonprofit sectors to provide ethical and workable solutions to societal needs.
  • Report findings and interpret research in recognition of, and with respect for, diverse cultural and historical perspectives; correctly identify limitations and constraints; effectively communicate with elected officials, administrators, issue advocates and the population at large.
  • Determine, collect and articulate the interests of the diverse voices of a community, especially the most vulnerable among us.
Goal 3: Create a collaborative environment of excellence in instruction, research, and service.
  • Demonstrate leadership behavior through application of organizational and managerial theories.
Goal 4: Translate research into effective practices and achievable, humane policies.
  • Determine, collect and articulate the interests of diverse voices of a community, especially the most vulnerable among us.
  • Accurately interpret and communicate analytic research and policy implications to stakeholders.

Goal 5: prepare students to determine, collect, and analyze the evidence appropriate and essential for implementing public service strategies.

  • Develop and apply the critical thinking and analytical skills (qualitative and quantitative) necessary for effective, informed, and balanced policy analysis.
  • Develop and present informed and balanced results
Students in the health services administration emphasis of the MPA will also:
  • Identify challenges and issues in the U.S. healthcare sector in specific areas of policy, its contemporary legal framework, and management; describe/develop operational responses and managerial adaptations.

Career Outcomes

The University of San Francisco Master of Public Administration program prepares students for professional success in career positions in public, private and nonprofit agencies.

Each year the USF School of Management surveys MPA graduates to confirm where and how they are applying their education. A substantial proportion of work in state and local government. Social service agencies, private sector contractors, and healthcare systems are significant employers as well.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated August 13, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is
Online
Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 21, 2018
Duration
Duration
21 months
Part time
Price
Price
44,460 USD
Estimated total program tuition.
Information
Deadline
Oct. 15, 2018
Round 2 application deadline. November 15, 2018 round 3 application deadline.
Locations
USA - San Francisco, California
Start date : Aug. 21, 2018
Application deadline Oct. 15, 2018
Round 2 application deadline. November 15, 2018 round 3 application deadline.
End date May 12, 2019
Dates
Aug. 21, 2018
USA - San Francisco, California
Application deadline Oct. 15, 2018
Round 2 application deadline. November 15, 2018 round 3 application deadline.
End date May 12, 2019